Composing

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) began composing and arranging as soprano and Musical Director of the five-time Grammy award-winning a cappella group The Swingle Singers. Her compositional style is influenced by a love of close harmony vocal groups and jazz. She has received commissions from The King’s Singers, The Military Wives Choirs, SingUp, Finchley Children’s Music Group, Aurora Nova and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as well as from choral societies, chamber choirs and schools. In collaboration with her husband Alexander L’Estrange, she writes songs (for his popular series of large-scale community choral works) and church anthems (recorded by Tenebrae on their On Eagles’ Wings CD); their set of carols for upper voices and piano, The Twyford Carols, is published by Faber Music. Joanna’s congregational setting of the mass, The St Helen’s Service, was published by the RSCM on International Women’s Day 2018.

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange Composer

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange: COMPOSER

COMPOSITIONS: Sacred

‘Give us Grace (A prayer of Jane Austen)’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
A gospel-style setting of a Jane Austen prayer for unaccompanied upper voices (SSA)
Commissioned by Patrick Craig for Aurora Nova for International Women’s Day 2018
Published by andagio
PERUSAL PDF

‘The St Helen’s Service’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
A fresh and modern congregational setting of the communion service for SATB, unison congregation & organ
Commissioned by the choir of St Helen’s Church, Wheathampstead, Herts UK
Published by RSCM
Parts for piano, bass and drums available to download from RSCM

‘The Twyford Carols’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A set of four jazz carols for two-part children’s choir & piano
Commissioned by David Hall and Twyford School, Hampshire UK
Published by Faber Music
(The third song ‘Come and see’ has signings specially devised by Paul Whittaker OBE)

‘Epiphany Carol’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A Christmas anthem for unaccompanied SATB on the theme of epiphany
Composed for St Paul’s Cathedral Carol Competition 2013
Published by Faber Music
(Recorded by Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, on the album On Eagles’ Wings)

‘An Irish Blessing’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A setting of the blessing which begins “May the road rise to meet you…” 
Commissioned by Tessa Forbes for Rydes Hill School, Surrey UK
Published by Faber Music in two versions: SSA & piano / SATB & piano
(Recorded by Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, on the album On Eagles’ Wings)

‘Go forth in Peace’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
A setting of the familiar text Go forth into the world in peace for SATB & organ
Commissioned by Richard Abbott for the choir of the parish of Bisley and West End, Surrey UK
Published by RSCM in the Voice for Life Songbook, Book 2

COMPOSITIONS: Secular

‘We will remember them’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A song for SSA & piano on the theme of Remembrance for all those who fought and died in the world wars
Commissioned and recorded by The Military Wives Choirs in 2018
Published by andagio – perusal PDF available upon request

‘Twenty-first century woman’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
An original song for SSA & piano with a feminist theme
Part of a 40-minute choral work Freedom! Sing for a change commissioned by Jeremy Backhouse for Salisbury Choral Society
Music available after the world premiere on 3rd November 2018

‘This is our world’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A children’s song commissioned and published by by SingUP

‘A woman (wearing bloomers) on a wheel’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A witty song for SSA & piano in the style of Victorian music hall, about the impact of the bicycle on women’s clothing
Part of a 40-minute choral work Song Cycle: vive la vélorution! commissioned by Stephen Williams and the Chapter House Choir, York
Published by Faber Music

‘Spring will come again’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
An original song for SATB & piano in a folk style about the seasons reflecting the circle of life
Part of an award-winning 40-minute choral work Wassail! Carols of comfort and joy commissioned by United Learning in 2017
Published by Faber Music

‘Quintessentially’ 
by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange & Alexander L’Estrange
A witty tracing in music of the group’s 50-year history. For six-part male a cappella group.
Commissioned by The King’s Singers for their 50th birthday year
Unpublished

ARRANGEMENTS

‘Wonder Woman’ Gimbel/Fox arr. Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
An arrangement for unaccompanied SSAA of the original 1970s Wonder Woman theme
Commissioned by NYCGB for ‘Women in song 2018’
Published by andagio – perusal PDF available upon request

‘Amazing Grace’ Trad. arr. Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
An arrangement of the traditional hymn, for unaccompanied SSAA
Composed for The Swingle Singers’ tour of the USA in 1999
Published by andagio – perusal PDF available upon request

‘Autumn Leaves: Three classic Eva Cassidy songs’ arr. Joanna Forbes L’Estrange
A set of three songs arranged in the style of Eva Cassidy’s recordings
Published by Faber Music for the Choral Basics series: For upper voices & piano OR S/A/men & piano